The following morning, I’m still coming to grips with the notion of Georgia winning an SEC title in the Saban era. What this team has already accomplished and what lies ahead has left me a little numb, to be honest. I’m a victim of sensory overload.
I’ll savor the details later. I’ll worry about whether the selection committee treated Georgia fairly some other time — ah, hell, it’s found money, so who cares?
Right now, though, more than anything else, what sticks with me is the brief interview on the field after the win with a triumphant Kirby Smart and a clearly reluctant to be in the spotlight Nick Chubb.
What was the difference in this game?
“It’s real simple — composure and physicality,” Smart said. “That’s all that it was about, composure and physicality and great kids like (Nick Chubb).”
The 31 seniors in this program, what can you say about them and what they mean to this program?
“They’ve meant everything to this program. The leadership that (Chubb) and Sony Michel and the rest of these leaders have provided for us is impeccable,” he continued. “This is an awesome win for our program, for our university and a lot of people around the state of Georgia.”
Nick Chubb was asked a question as well: Aren’t you glad you came back?
“I’m so glad I came back,” he answered.
I can relate to the satisfaction someone takes in implementing a vision and seeing it come to fruition. The trip Nick Chubb’s had to take — from a promising, yet ultimately disappointing freshman season through a devastating injury that took a level of dedication to overcome that most people will never possess to having to make a decision after a 8-5 season about what had to have been at that time an uncertain future — is something I don’t have the life experience to appreciate in anywhere close to a full sense.
As happy as I am with the win and the championship, it pales in significance to how Nick, the three who elected to stay with him, the rest of Georgia’s seniors and every other member of the 2017 team must feel today. It’s almost humbling as a Georgia fan.